Molly's Convenience Store plans reopening
Molly's Convenience Store is set to reopen within the next few weeks, according to owner and operator Melissa Obetz.
The wife of former Worley & Obetz executive Seth Obetz, Melissa Obetz will manage the store, located at 35 Doe Run Road in Penn Township, Lancaster County.
"This is a new job for me. I had been a retail manager and a buyer before, but left about 10 years ago to stay home with our kids," Melissa Obetz said.
Located just outside of Manheim Borough, the convenience store abruptly closed after Worley & Obetz - the store’s former operator - filed for bankruptcy in June.
Many speculated the store wouldn’t be able to reopen, having been lumped in with Worley & Obetz’ other assets in the bankruptcy case. The bankruptcy was triggered by an alleged fraud involving a former CEO and others.
But the trustee overseeing the Worley & Obetz case recently relinquished claims to the lease - which included both the land and the building - paving the way for Molly’s to reopen under a new lease.
"We’re thankful that the trustee conceded their rights to the lease of Molly’s," said Seth Obetz.
Jeff Kurtzman, the attorney who represents Seth and Melissa Obetz and their affiliates, confirmed there is no longer any red tape to prevent the store’s reopening.
"There are no bankruptcy-related impediments of reopening of which I am aware," he said.
The store announced its reopening with a sign on its marquee last week, as well as with posts on Facebook.
"We are pleased to announce that Molly's will be opening soon. We are cleaning, painting and restocking the shelves. We will keep [you] updated. Thank you for your continued support!" Molly’s wrote on Nov. 6.
In a Nov. 8 Facebook post, the store indicated that it is hiring part-time employees for evening and weekend shifts. Interested persons are asked to private message the store on Facebook for more information.
Comments on both of Molly’s Facebook posts have been positive, with many writing that they have missed Molly’s and will be glad to have it open again.
"We have so much support from the community. Manheim is such a special place. It’s unbelievable," Melissa Obetz said.
Activity also is apparent nearby at the former headquarters of Worley & Obetz.
Diesel Direct Inc. purchased the headquarters and other Worley & Obetz assets in federal bankruptcy court in September.
The diesel fleet fueling company placed a sign on the former headquarters , indicating its web address and telephone number. The company also placed a "now hiring" sign, announcing its search for Class A commercial drivers.
Diesel Direct began to do business in Central Pennsylvania more than a decade ago, with multiple branches spanning from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, according to Walter McNamara, an executive of Diesel Direct.
The former Worley & Obetz location will be the company’s new Pennsylvania headquarters. The company focuses its bulk fuel delivery efforts on commercial businesses, farms and industrial clients.
McNamara said the company may decide to share the Manheim facility with another member of the community, after receiving several requests to do so.
"We will certainly be advertising Diesel Direct there soon, but we may just have another member of the community join us," he said, declining to offer additional details.
The company hopes to "put down roots in Manheim for many years to come," McNamara added.